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November 29 at 11:02am

Games For Change

Alternative Reality Games and other new media ventures that included a social impact message really hit home this year.  There is tremendous opportunity within this field to make something beautiful that means something.

World Without Oil, debuting last year in 2007, set a high standard and had participants from all over the globe.

ITVS helped fund WOW as they did Fatworld.

FATWORLD is a video game about the politics of nutrition. It explores the relationships between obesity, nutrition, and socioeconomics in the contemporary U.S. The game’s goal is not to tell people what to eat or how to exercise, but to demonstrate the complex, interwoven relationships between nutrition and factors like budgets, the physical world, subsidies, and regulations. Existing approaches to nutrition advocacy fail to communicate the aggregate effect of everyday health practices


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November 22 at 11:19am

Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band

There has been very few things that have truly blown my mind.  And those that have, I cherish.  For some reason, I expect more from the music world, to have had that power.  The first time I heard X’s “Johnny Hit And Run Pauline” certainly charts.  I will come up with a few others.

Captain Beefheart’s wail did it regularly.  And for me it was alsways solo too, in that I never found other fans wanting to get lost in his crazy blues.  Borders will blown wide open everytime he opened his mouth though, even alone in my apartment.  Definitely driving.
I never came across this doc before several weeks ago.  John Peel narrates.  There are six parts up on YouTube.  Here’s Part One:


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November 22 at 1:37am

Our New Film!: Adventureland

We interrupt this blog to share the trailer for our new film.  It will open March 27th.  Stay tuned.

Adventureland trailer in HD

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November 15 at 11:07am

Learn To Fly

Recycling a post from Bowl Of Noses today, but hey sometimes what’s good for kids is even better for the grown-ups.


Learn To Fly from Christian Letruria on Vimeo.

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November 12 at 4:13pm

Nothing but good news today!


Check it all out here.

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November 8 at 11:08am

Movies In Another Universe

Okay, sure they will be the same films, but looking at these posters for Hollywood films of 20 & 30 years ago, all redone by Polish artists for then Soviet-controlled Poland, makes me want to see all of them! They look so much better this way. 

How great would it be if our posters could look this good! Wellmedicated has put together a great list of 50 Incredible Film Posters From Poland.
Can you name the film by the poster?  The Hollywood Studios would say it’s a problem if you can’t, but to me that’s the joy.


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November 7 at 11:36am

People Power

So many positive things have come out of this election.  

Certainly one of them is my renewed love for email.  It’s been a total thrill to watch different videos go viral.  Whether it’s comics or photos, it’s been a delight to open my email box and see the different expressions people have found to express their delight in the outcome.  I have never seen anything like it and it feels like each one brings us closer together.
I had the pleasure of receiving Charles Stone’s preparation email thoughts as he got ready to shoot and post Wassup 2008, and thus share in the thrill as it became the top viral video of the week.  I loved getting and seeing all the BattlegroundPostcards that Gus Van Sant and other filmmakers shot and posted.  Another friend sent me each video that Lee Hirsch made on Local Voices in Joplin, MO , and when they then got the news that Obama would visit, I felt a wave rush through my body.  Time and time again you saw the people take the media into their own hands and bring change.  Each time I knew the world had changed for the better.  
I didn’t see this video until after the victory.  It may not be by a professional filmmaker, but it captures how fresh this campaign was due to folks doing what they loved and sharing it.  And it proves that everything is always better when delivered with a good sense of humor.


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